Weekly hospital protesters to prepare 'massive action' after summer

Weekly hospital protesters to prepare 'massive action' after summer
Hôpital Erasmus was one of the locations for demonstrations today. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Hospital demonstrations in Brussels and Wallonia will pause over the summer, whilst trade unionists prepare for “massive action in September”, according to trade union secretary Evelyne Magerat, in an interview with BRUZZ.

This week, for the fourth Tuesday in a row, the Christian Trade Union have demonstrated in hospitals across Brussels and Wallonia.

The “blouses blanches”, as the demonstration movement refers to themselves, protested in private hospitals this Tuesday. There were campaigns in Brussels' Clinique Saint-Jean, Hôpital Delta, Hôpital Erasme and Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc.

This Tuesday was, however, the final day of action before the summer. If no progress or improvements are made over the next two months, “together with the other trade unions we are considering a larger, massive action in September”, confirmed Magerat.

The anger amongst the hospital workers has not subsided, said Magerat. Employees from hospitals, nursing homes and home-care continue to argue against the immense workload in the sector. "It is unsustainable. Both physically and mentally, people can no longer do anything”, said Magerat.

Madeleine Fletcher

The Brussels Times

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